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FDA Reaches $1.25M Settlement With J&J Unit Over Faulty Sterilization Equipment

December 5, 2013 10:42 am | News | Comments

The FDA said Wednesday that it reached a $1.25 million settlement with a division of Johnson & Johnson over allegations that it knowingly shipped faulty sterilization equipment used by hospitals. Under the civil penalty, Advanced Sterilization Products, a unit of J&J's Ethicon business, will pay $1.2 million to settle allegations that it made and sold "adulterated and misbranded" sterilization monitoring products...

Sonic Irrigator-PCF

December 4, 2013 11:19 am | by Medisafe America | Medisafe America | Product Releases | Comments

Medisafe America offers the Sonic Irrigator-PCF. The product is tested and validated for cleaning da Vinci EndoWrist instruments using the same critical cleaning parameters as Intuitive Surgical’s manual cleaning method. With optional built-in Class II, low level thermal disinfection capability, users can save as much as 45 to 60 minutes off reprocessing time by combining cleaning and disinfection steps into one process.

Researchers Pinpoint Superbug Resistance Protein

December 2, 2013 10:52 am | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a resistance protein that allows bacteria to survive chlorhexidine, a disinfectant commonly used in wipes, cleansers, and mouthwashes in hospitals. The findings are critical for the design of new chemicals to combat the germ...


Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat

December 2, 2013 10:23 am | by New Pig Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

New Pig Corporation introduces the Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat with an adhesive bottom. It absorbs and retains up to three liters of liquid to help keep the OR floor clean and safe. The Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat is deigned to not rip, tear or fray under heavy foot traffic and has been tested and certified by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) as a high-traction surface which can reduce slip and fall claims by as much as 90 percent when used as part of a Floor Safety Program.

Rapicide OPA/28 High-Level Disinfectant

December 2, 2013 10:16 am | by Crosstex/SPS Medical | Crosstex | Product Releases | Comments

Rapicide OPA/28 High-Level Disinfectant from Crosstex/SPS Medical is a fast-acting, long lasting, highly compatible high-level disinfectant ensuring a safe and healthy environment for patients and staff. This reusable ortho-phthalaldehyde disinfectant is designed for use on heat-sensitive, semi-critical medical devices that are unsuitable for sterilization.

GUS Disinfection Soak Stations

November 27, 2013 9:30 am | by PCI Medical | PCI Medical | Product Releases | Comments

PCI Medical announces two new fully enclosed GUS Disinfection Soak Stations with longer disinfection containers. The new, long design allows for a more thorough disinfection of endocavity probes. The G10VPL is designed to disinfect and rinse one endocavity probe, while the G14KAL disinfects two probes at once.

Drug Regimen May Eliminate Colonization With Superbug CRE

November 26, 2013 10:38 am | News | Comments

Orally administered, nonabsorbable antibiotics were effective in eradicating carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) colonization, according to a new study. Researchers at Rambam Health Care Campus, a 1,000-bed, tertiary care center in Haifa, Israel, examined isolates from 152 patients who were identified as CRE carriers (colonized with the organism, but not yet showing disease) over a 24-month period...

2View Specimen Mammography Container

November 26, 2013 10:13 am | by 2View, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The 2View Specimen Mammography Container is designed to reduce the incidence of re-excision in partial mastectomy surgery cases by providing 90-degree orthogonal views without the risk of damage from manipulation...


Scope Cleaning Brush

November 26, 2013 10:03 am | by Key Surgical | Key Surgical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Key Surgical, a leader in sterile processing, operating room, and instrument care supplies, is pleased to announce the release of a new Scope Cleaning Brush to its product line. This new brush is a welcome addition to an already wide variety of Key Surgical scope cleaning brushes and is the longest available at 240cm.

Analysis Of Transplant Patients Finds Microorganism Whose Elevated Presence Could Be Used An Indicator In Treatment

November 22, 2013 11:26 am | News | Comments

Scientists report the discovery of what may be a barometer of immune system strength: a little-known virus that proliferates as the medications suppress the immune system...            


November 22, 2013 10:34 am | by Integrity Supply | Product Releases | Comments

New PurMist from Integrity Supply is the only full body sanitizer that uses natural essential oils, offers glove-like protection for the hands and is an eco-friendly product. PurMist moisturizes skin/hands and offers four hours of continual protection after each application. PurMist is available in a 0.24 fl. oz. pocket-sized Personal Mister as well as a 3.38 fl. oz. Mister Bottle and an ADA-compliant Touchless Wall Mount Mister.

New Research Gives Clues Of Antibiotic Use And Resistance In U.S. Children's Hospitals

November 21, 2013 9:11 am | News | Comments

Two studies published in the December issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology show antibiotic resistance patterns for children have held stable over a seven-year period and surgical patients in U.S. children's hospitals account for 43 percent of all antibiotic use in children's hospitals, presenting an opportunity for targeted intervention...


November 21, 2013 8:15 am | by JNJ Industries | Product Releases | Comments

JNJ Industries’ SmartHolder was designed specifically for JNJ's SuperSaturated SmartWipes canisters, to keep them readily available and easily accessible. The SmartHolder is made from rugged spring steel wire that expands easily for loading and unloading the canister. The white powder coat finish provides a clean and professional look that is suitable for all professional environments. 


New Study Reports On The High Cost Of Cardiac Surgery HAIs

November 20, 2013 10:16 am | News | Comments

After cardiac surgery, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are common complications associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and use of resources. Study findings revealed the substantial economic impact of HAIs following cardiac surgery and the importance of preventing these infections leading to re-hospitalizations...

Educational Hand Hygiene Packaging

November 20, 2013 9:47 am | by PDI | Pdi-Professional Disposables International | Product Releases | Comments

PDI, owner of Sani-Hands Instant Hand Sanitizing wipes, announces the launch of new educational packaging to help aid in hand hygiene for patients and education at the bedside. Four educational “when to use” icons have been added to the Sani-Hands Bedside Pack to help healthcare staff communicate critical opportunities for patients to practice hand hygiene.

TYRX’s AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope

November 20, 2013 9:33 am | by TYRX | TYRX, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TYRX’s AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope is a polypropylene mesh pouch/sleeve specifically designed to aid in the stabilization of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs), such as pacemakers or defibrillators (ICDs), as well as to help prevent surgical site infections associated with CIEDs.

Stopping The Threat Of Drug Resistant Bacteria

November 20, 2013 9:24 am | by Roy Benaroch, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

The CDC has compiled an extensive report of the top U.S. health risks from infections. Called “Threat Report 2013,” their evaluation shows that the three most worrisome risks have all been created by our own indiscriminant overuse of antibiotics. The biggest baddies are...

OxyCide Daily Disinfectant Cleaner

November 18, 2013 9:42 am | by Ecolab | Ecolab | Product Releases | Comments

Ecolab introduces OxyCide Daily Disinfectant Cleaner, a non-bleach sporicide developed for daily use in healthcare settings. OxyCide is proven effective in killing a broad spectrum of harmful bacteria and viruses, including Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) spores in three minutes and multi-drug resistant organisms and viruses in five minutes or less, helping hospitals to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

FDA Wants Label, Packaging Changes To Reduce Infection Risk Involving Topical Antiseptics

November 15, 2013 9:26 am | by Chris Kaiser | Articles | Comments

The FDA wants label and packaging changes for certain topical antiseptic products to reduce the risk of infection. The agency said on Wednesday that it is evaluating "infrequent but continuing reports of infections resulting from antiseptic products labeled for preoperative or preinjection skin preparation..."

Study: Hand-Washing Rates Low Among Emergency Medical Personnel

November 14, 2013 9:10 am | by Shannon Luibrand | Articles | Comments

A new study shows only 13 percent of emergency medical providers reported cleaning their hands before patient contact, according to the study from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. The study, which was administered through an online survey and distributed via email to national and regional emergency medical organizations, looked at almost 1,500 EMS providers. The results revealed a number of troubling trends...

Sonic Irrigator

November 11, 2013 9:52 am | by Medisafe America | Medisafe America | Product Releases | Comments

Medisafe America offers the Sonic Irrigator designed for the daVinci Endowrist instrument. The built in class II-Thermal disinfection feature combines cleaning and disinfection steps into one process complete with; enzymatic detergent wash, lumen flushing with simultaneous ultrasonic cleaning cycle, finalized with a thermal rinse.

HONORABLE MENTION -- Ultra Clean Systems' Ultrasonic Cleaning System

November 8, 2013 12:28 pm | by Ultra Clean Systems | Ultra Clean Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra Clean Systems offers its latest high-capacity ultrasonic cleaning system, the XL48. The innovative XL48 comes equipped with cutting-edge TRT (Titanium Rod Technology), significantly decreasing cycle times to less than a third of standard wash cycles. The XL48 cleans 48 cannulated or 32 robotic instruments in 13 minutes. This high-capacity and speedy throughput optimizes department efficiency, preventing bottlenecks and maximizing patient safety.


November 8, 2013 10:31 am | by Davol | Davol, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

PHASIX Mesh from Davol is a fully resorbable soft tissue reconstruction implant and a potential alternative to biologics and to long-term permanent mesh.  Providing a durable repair without permanent foreign material, it is intended to handle similarly to polypropylene mesh.  PHASIX Mesh material retains a greater amount of strength for a longer period of time versus other fully resorbable materials and gradually and predictably loses mechanical strength as demonstrated by preclinical data.

Draco Deep-Cleaning Hand Pads

November 8, 2013 10:19 am | by Cygnus Medical | Cygnus Medical | Product Releases | Comments

Draco Deep-Cleaning Hand Pads from Cygnus Medical utilize a unique combination of materials that detach, capture, and remove biofilms and other forms of adhered contamination. A recent study performed at the Montana University Center for Biofilm Engineering shows that the mechanics of scrubbing and the formation of the substrates have a far greater effect on cleaning outcomes than the various chemistries of enzymatic detergents.

THIRD PLACE (INFECTION CONTROL) -- Thermedx Fluid Management System

November 6, 2013 1:56 pm | by Thermedx | Thermedx, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Thermedx Fluid Management System (FMS) offers a complete, single endoscopic solution for achieving industry recommended best practices with distention, volume measurement, and warming capabilities for gynecology, urology, and orthopedic services. This state-of-the-art technology facilitates efficiency, patient safety, and product standardization initiatives with a micro-processor controlled pump, touch screen user interface, and robust infrared heating.

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